Substance Abuse Rehabilitation

Substance abuse causes substance addiction. It is a chronic disease characterized by the compulsive need to seek sub irrespective of its harmful effects. It causes lasting changes in the brain. In order to recover and undo effects of the substance, the individual and his family members must undertake rehabilitative measures. Rehabilitation helps encourage the addicted […]

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10 Things people who have over...

Alcohol addiction is more than just a drinking problem. It is a biological, progressive, chemical and a fatal disease. It can enlighten a sense of urgency and necessity due to its dependence but overcoming an addiction is so entrenched it is not an easy feat. People who have overcome addiction have been sailed two ships; […]

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Depression in Women

One in four women experiences depression at some point in time in their life. And women are twice as likely to experience clinical depression than men. Still wondering why the women in your life are crying most of the time, or feeling persistently sad, and has no interest in anything. Here is your answer: she […]

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The Family Impact: The social disadvantage and subordination of women on the one hand. And the rapid socio-cultural and economic changes on the other have significantly altered traditional structures and institutions within society. Such changes are invariably associated with social upheaval and drug abuse is a known outcome of such change. Drug abuse poses various […]

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Reinventing Mindful Eating

Reinventing Mindful Eating: Eating is an inevitable activity of everyday life. There was a time when this activity was carried on with utmost mindfulness, i.e. prayers were offered before beginning the meals, and after ending the meals slokas like Annapoorne Sada Poorne, Shankara Prana Vallabhe, Trayam were recited. Offering supplication (Du’ä) by Islam followers during the meal, […]

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Guide for caregivers for Schizophrenia patients


Guide for caregivers for schizophrenia patients.

Schizophrenia can affect an individual to an extent that they turn incapable to taking care of themselves. At this time, the role of a caregiver, family or friend, becomes important. Taking care of an individual with schizophrenia can be very difficult as they can get aggressive or rigid suddenly due to their symptoms.

Medications and therapies do help but support and involvement from caregiver is essential. Here are a few suggestions to guide a caregiver:

  • Plan their day: Plan their day ahead, make sure the activities are predictable. For doing a task, break them into small and easy steps. If changes are made, ensure they are gradual and not sudden. Changes are important to avoid boredom. In planning some activities, let them make the decision but make sure the matter is not complex for them to decide.
  • Provide stimulation: Make sure you introduce something new in their routine now and then. Also ensure the new activity is something they like. The activity has to be simple and easy, if necessary, involving familiar people. Let them perform in this activity; do not expect them to excel at the first go. Remember to praise and appreciate them for their effort and achievement.
  • Encourage them to socialize: Encourage them to talk to other family members and old friends. Even it is superficial, encourage them. Take them out for walks and gathering, if possible, and encourage them to talk to other people.
  • Get others involved: Talk to other family members and friends and ask them to get involved and interact and support with individual. Educate them about the disorder, its symptoms and effects. Social support can play an important role in helping the individual function better.
  • Under difficult situations: These are the times when they can become aggressive and difficult to handle due to their symptoms. At these times, do not confront them, stay in control and stay calm. Let them do what they want but also keep an eye on them so that they don’t harm themselves and others. Try to communicate with understanding but be assertive also.
  • Medications and therapies: Ensure they take their medications on time and attend their therapy sessions. Following therapies can be difficult for them, they even want to stop. But encourage them by being understanding, and showing that you are concerned.

Taking care of an individual with schizophrenia can be overwhelming and you might feel exhausted. It is important that the caregivers first take care of themselves and monitor their physical and mental wellbeing as they take care of the patient. For professional help for your loved one, call us now on +919611194949.

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